Massage Businesses

Business License Required

All persons engaged in business in Wheat Ridge must have the business/tax combination license, even service-type businesses. The license costs $20 each year. An application is available online but must be turned in by mail or in person with the fee and a copy of the Colorado massage license.

State License Required

The State of Colorado regulates massage therapy as a profession under Colorado Revised Statutes 12-35.5, known as the Colorado Massage Therapist Practice Act (MTPA). The MTPA requires anyone who practices, offers, or attempts to practice massage or massage therapy to have a Colorado massage therapist license. The MTPA permits the City to inspect massage licenses and premises for compliance with all applicable laws, but prohibits the City from imposing additional profession-specific regulations on licensed massage therapists or their businesses.  

Unlicensed Massage is Not Permitted, Exempt Modalities More Strictly Defined

The Colorado Massage Parlor law, which allowed unlicensed massage under heavy restrictions, was repealed on July 1, 2015. No unlicensed massage or massage therapy is permitted under the MTPA. Specific modalities addressed in C.R.S. 12-35.5-110 remain exempt but are more strictly defined under Colorado HB16-1320 effective July 1, 2016.  

Detailed information about massage therapist licensing and exempt modalities is available on the Colorado Office of Massage Therapy web page.

Questions and Answers

Q: Isn't any spa a massage parlor?
A: No. Any permanent location where Colorado-licensed massage therapists provide massage services is lawfully known as a massage therapy center. C.R.S. 12-35.5  A spa may or may not provide massage or massage therapy services.  Any massage services provided at a spa must be by a state-licensed provider unless the services or provider meet one of the criteria for exemption under the MTPA.

Q: Why is a massage therapist license required?
A: A licensed professional has met the educational, health, and background standards of the state of Colorado. A massage or massage therapy center must maintain substantial liability insurance and each individual massage therapist is subject to standards of practice in order to retain their license.